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Exhibition: The Idea of a University

"The Idea of a University" will be exhibited at the Mead Gallery in Warwick Arts Centre from 11am to 11pm, Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 June 2010 as part of the Fierce! Festival.

The Idea of a University maps the spatial and historical generation and regeneration of the University of Warwick from the 1960s to the present day. Drawing on archival and interview data, the multi-media installation and events will enable visitors to explore and interrogate how ideas and ideals about the University have shaped, and continue to shape, the geographical, cultural, political and intellectual landscapes of its border location on the outskirts of Coventry.

The exhibition probes wider questions about the social, political and pedagogic spaces of higher education.

The research, known as the Spaces and Stories Project, has been carried over the past year by a collaborative team of students and staff in Sociology and History. The project has been jointly funded by the Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research and the Higher Education Academy’s History Subject Centre.

During the three days there will a series of participatory discussions, salons, celebrations, artistic and activist events: some planned, some spontaneous. To receive a programme of events and to receive an invitation to the opening party, please email

Fierce! Festival's "Interrobang: Regeneration"

Fierce! has established an international reputation for risk-taking, excellence and innovation and is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s most important contemporary arts festivals'

Interrobangs are 'mash ups of audience engagement and research, art-experiments, seminars, workshops, installations, exhibitions, parties and activism'

Official Fierce! website
Interrobang: Regeneration on the Arts Centre website

The Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research

The Reinvention Centre for Undergraduate Research is a collaborative Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning between the University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes University. By means of diverse experimental projects and radical collaborations, the Reinvention Centre aims to critique and reinvent teaching, learning and enquiry within the contemporary university. For further information see

Idea of a University on the Reinvention Centre website.

At a Glance
Date: Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 June 2010
Time: 11am to 11pm
Location: Mead Gallery
Open To: Everyone
Cost: Free
Summary: An exhibition documenting the growth of Warwick since the 1960s.
The Idea of a University